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Running head: ABORIGINES 1 Kinship Systems of the Australian Aborigines Karen Wood ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor: Kathryn Johnson January 30 th , 2011
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ABORIGINES 2 Kinship Systems of the Australian Aborigines Australian Aboriginal culture in a sense can be described as a group of nations due the variety of cultures within itself. At one point in history there were over 400 tribes throughout Australia, all with different cultures, ancestral beings tied in with religious beliefs, different tools, weapons, and art. Aboriginal culture has evolved even more since the arrival of Indonesians and European colonization in the 1700”s. Possibly the oldest culture on earth, dating back over 60,000 yrs, aborigines are expert hunters and gathers and masters at bush survival. Australia is the worlds largest island and smallest continent and much of the aboriginal people were not influenced by European settlement “Many Aboriginal groups in these remoter areas were virtually unchanged by European influence until the 1940's” ("Aboriginal culture," ) Stone tool technology, the art of chipping away at stone to make axes and other sharp instruments, was still used by
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ABORIGINES 3 many aboriginal people up until the 1960’s when the last of the nomadic groups left the dessert regions and moved into the European settlements. The kinship system is intricate, formal and complex. From birth, learning the
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